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Petit Miracle, bringing the best out of people and furniture

Pic: Ve. Petite Miracle's Director Elisicia Moore

Pic: Ve. Petite Miracle’s Director Elisicia Moore

By Marco Meert

At the entrance, a real piece of modern art, a glass tabletop with crockery inserted in it creates a striking entrance and reflects the motto of the social enterprise: ‘Giving people and furniture a second chance.’

Petit Miracles creates beautiful bespoke furniture at an affordable price, while diverting furniture from landfill and creating training opportunities for disadvantaged London residents. To add extra social value Petit Miracle also occupies empty commercial property and is currently located at the West12 Shopping Centre, in Shepherds Bush.

The shop offers a broad range of up-cycled furniture, restored antiques and vintage items, mixing style and colours with an equal blend of contemporary and classic pieces. The social enterprise clearly has its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary design, as their eye-catching restorations transform tired old furniture into fashionable, fun and quirky items for the modern home. Continue reading


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Year Here, developing the social stars of the future

Year Here's Michael Simpson

Pic: Ve. Michael Simpson, Year Here, Partnership Manager

By Patrick Chike

Year Here is about bringing brilliant graduates into the social sector to help tackle social problems.

The social enterprise was founded by Jack Graham in 2012, but was officially launched at 10 Downing Street a year later. His vision for this organisation is to get young men and women to address their mind to the most pressing social issues of our day with a view to finding alternative solutions. 

We had an interview with Michael Simpson, the Partnership Manager, who was very glad to tell us everything about the organisation; from its origins, purposes, how it operates and there future plans. Continue reading

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Photography week: day 2


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Week 3: Photography day 1

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September 21, 2014 · 9:04 am

A new dawn for cyclists in London

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Pic: Ve Perryman. Mary, a hairdresser from Hackney is enthusiastic about proposed development of cycle superhighway, but is upset that Hackney is again missed out.

That the planned cycle superhighway recently announced by Mayor Boris Johnson will not pass through Hackney was received by local residents with mixed responses according to a recent survey.

Public consultation for the project which involves the construction of a 21 mile route for the exclusive use of cyclist to run north-south from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross and east-west from Barking to Acton starts today.  Continue reading

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Week 1: Thrown straight into the deep end

Pc: Ve Perryman. Fellow trainee Frances, in the St Giles garden, Dalston.

Pc: Ve Perryman. Fellow trainee Frances, in the St Giles garden, Dalston.

Week one of the Big Issue online journalism course has flown by so quickly. While I started the course with a bit of an idea of what to expect I didn’t realise exactly how much I was going to learn.

I have never been involved in the media side in any of my previous jobs as a youth adviser and english teacher, so news reporting, writing and using social media are areas that are totally new to me. Continue reading

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New grants for social entrepreneurs

School of Social Entrepreneurs Lloyds Bank

Thousands of pounds are up for grabs to help Social Entrepreneurs with new ideas, thanks to Lloyds bank and The School of Social Entrepreneurs.

The organisations have joined together to offer grants and necessary training to new and existing social enterprises, through  two separate programmes. The Start Up program provides support on how to set up a social enterprise and offers grants up to £4,000 and the Scale Up programme is offering ongoing support to expand and grow existing businesses with grants of up to £15,000.

The scheme will be delivered nationwide from October 2014 and for further information visit The School of Social Entrepreneurs website

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